The Navy has 24 months to convince lawmakers to fund 28 additional ships (at a cost of $440M...

|By:, SA News Editor

The Navy has 24 months to convince lawmakers to fund 28 additional ships (at a cost of $440M each) for its controversial Littoral Combat Ship program, even as an internal report says the vessels may be "ill-suited to execute" their warfighting directives. There are 24 of the ships already under contract with Lockheed Martin (LMT) and Austal (AUTLF.PK) and procuring the remainder of the planned 52 ship fleet may be a difficult sell as criticism mounts.